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Emergency Preparation in Tompkins County, New York

 

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Earthquakes

In the Past

There has not been a major earthquake in recent memory anywhere in Tompkins County. This region of New York State and, in fact, the country, is rather boring from a tectonic perspective.

Risk to Tompkins County Residents

The overall risk for earthquakes in Tompkins County is low. Some estimates hold that we will experience one earthquake about every three years. These earthquakes are small - with a magnitude of 1 or less - and only last a few minutes at most, so most people don't even feel them.

This may not seem like much risk, but even small earthquakes occuring seldom mean there is some risk of a larger earthquake. It's best to be prepared anyway.

How to prepare

 

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